Best Practices for Successful Investing in Innovative Startups

Investing in Technology and Innovation

Program Description

Learn about the art of raising a fund, deal structuring, value creation, and exit strategies from successful venture capitalist and angel investors in Silicon Valley. The program incorporates both lectures and hands-on learning. Industry experts will deliver seminars on the investment ecosystem and best practices of technology investing. The knowledge and skills acquired in these sessions are put into practice the following days as participants meet promising startup representatives and actively engage in the investment decision-making process. Lastly, participants will learn how to present themselves to startups they are interested in, and how to foster a strong relationship with their investments.


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Program Highlights

Latest trends

in venture capital investment. Find out about the latest trends in venture capital investing in Silicon Valley and beyond

Best practices

of successful investing. Learn best practices of investing in promising technology startups from successful venture capital and angel investors in Silicon Valley


with successful investors. Meet and network with experienced angel investors and partners of top venture capital firms in Silicon Valley

Company visits

Visit top technology companies, venture capital firms, fast-growing startups (unicorns) and business incubators in Silicon Valley


by disruptive startups. Hear pitches and presentations of the most promising startups looking for investment

Practical lessons

from service providers. Learn practical lessons on all aspects of investment fund management from experienced lawyers, recruiters, and other service providers

What You Will Learn

Critical pillars of venture capital business

Gain understanding of practical steps involved in raising a fund, sourcing and structuring investments, negotiating investment terms, and development of exit strategies

Learn mechanics of investment

Learn how to master methodologies of due diligence and avoid legal roadblocks from Silicon Valley leaders in angel investment, venture capital, and the legal sphere

Understand entrepreneur/investor relationship dynamics

Find out how an entrepreneur’s personality can help or hinder achieving their vision. Learn how to add value as a board member.

How to invest in startups at various stages of their growth

Learn different strategies used in early-stage investing in innovative technology businesses

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Client Success Story: Insider’s Guide to Silicon Valley: What Every Startup Investor Should Know

Angel investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs participated in the program organized by the Silicon Valley Innovation Center. The program included presentations and master classes by the leading experts of the venture capital and angel investment community in Silicon Valley. After the official presentations, the investors had the opportunity to talk personally with industry leaders such as William (Bill) Draper III, founder and partner of Draper Richards; Dixon Doll, founder and partner of DCM venture fund; Randy Williams, founder and president of the club of angel investors Keiretsu Forum; Jim Smith, Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures; Don Dixon, co-founder and partner at Trident Capital; Saeed Amidi, founder and president of Plug & Play Tech Center; Nicola Corzine, a partner of Angel Investors Club, Band of Angels; George Kellerman, a partner at 500 Startups business incubator; and many others.

"Dear friends! I would like to reiterate to you words of gratitude for the excellently organized program in Silicon Valley. According to the participants, not only current topics and interesting speakers made it memorable, but also perfectly organized logistics! I am sure that these three intense days allowed us all to not only get very useful information about the VC landscape of the Valley, but also make new useful contacts. For our part, we would like to express our confidence in further fruitful cooperation!"

Philipp Mukhin
Technology Capital and Markets Access Department, Russian Venture Company (RVC)

What Is Included in The Program

Participation in the executive training;
Visa support (official invitation for B1/B2 visas);
Transfers (during the entire program: airport, hotels, company visits);
Synchronized interpretation;
Accompaniment during the program;
Lunches (Mon-Fri)
Program Completion Certificate



Who Should Attend

Successful businessmen who want to learn how to successfully invest in innovative technology startups
Individual investors looking for a structured investment environment
Directors and managers of investment funds and banks
Entrepreneurs who want to learn details of venture financing
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Companies Participated in Past Programs

Andreessen Horowitz
Andreessen Horo
Band of Angels
Band of Angels
David Shen Ventures
David Shen Vent
Draper Richerds
Draper Richerds
Mohr Davidow Ventures
Mohr Davidow Ve
Sand Hill Angels
Sand Hill Angel
Sofinova Ventures
Sofinova Ventur
Trident Capital
Trident Capital

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